blow·​hard | \ ˈblō-ˌhärd How to pronounce blowhard (audio) \
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Definition of blowhard

: an arrogantly and pompously boastful or opinionated person : braggart, windbag … was trapped in a hellish marriage to … a struttingly insensitive macho blowhard.— Owen Gleiberman But he was seen by many in Congress as a blowhard, given to long-winded talks bristling with allusions to the Bible, ancient history, and the Constitution.— Thomas E. Ricks

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a politician who is the stereotypical backslapping blowhard a blowhard who always had to act like she was better than anyone else
Recent Examples on the Web Don was a blowhard, and about one in ten of his crass jokes were funny. Sarah Miller, The New Yorker, "The Bridge Dog," 15 Nov. 2020 Yet even the tragedy to which Martin’s blowhard vanity inevitably leads is filmed, in Marcello’s hollow adaptation, with a picture-postcard pettiness. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Martin Eden,” Reviewed: A Slick and Hollow Adaptation of Jack London’s Novel," 21 Oct. 2020 Trump seemed like a worse blowhard than usual tonight and therefore came across to me as more insecure. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Chaos in Cleveland," 30 Sep. 2020 Playing one of Loy's main rivals, Jason Schwartzman aims for parody as the irritable blowhard Josto Fadda, whose father, Donatello (Tomasso Ragno), knows better than to trust his rash son. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'Fargo' is back with a sprawling crime story that lets Chris Rock show his dramatic skills," 24 Sep. 2020 In Barton Fink and Hail, Caesar! the Coen Brothers conjured a world of slumming playwrights banging out scripts, blowhard studio execs chomping cigars and feisty gossip columnists digging for dirt on ridiculously fertile ground. Judy Berman, Time, "Netflix's Hollywood Is a Lush Golden Age Fantasy With a Strangely Naive Worldview," 29 Apr. 2020 Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images Mark Blum, an Obie Award-winning New York stage and screen actor whose roles ranged from highly flawed husbands to overconfident blowhards, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. Anita Gates, New York Times, "Mark Blum, a Familiar Face Off Broadway, Is Dead at 69," 27 Mar. 2020 Frank, as his father likes to be called, is a conservative blowhard, a former factory owner who has brought his family south under shadowy circumstances. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Girl From the North Country': Theater Review," 6 Mar. 2020 The comic is a sacred piece of culture, the kind of totem that young blowhards will inevitably declare untouchable. Darren Franich,, "Watchmen is a high-energy American saga of racial terrorism and masked identity. It ain't boring.," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of blowhard

1848, in the meaning defined above

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“Blowhard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blowhard

US, informal + disapproving : a person who talks too much and who has strong opinions that other people dislike

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